Retinal Health

Overview
Nutrition
Retinal Health & MPOD
Promote Retinal Health

OVERVIEW

Maintaining healthy blood vessels is essential for preserving healthy vision, especially those located in the retina in the back of the eye that are particularly susceptible to damage.  Oftentimes a patient may not realize their retinal health is at risk until significant damage has already occurred. This is why regular dilated eye exams are so vital.

Patients should consult with their EyeCare Professional if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Seeing spots or floaters in their field of vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Having a dark or empty spot in the center of their vision
  • Difficulty seeing well at night
  • Red veils or smudges in their vision caused by significant bleeding

Did you know that disease associated with poor retinal health is now the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20–74 years? This statistic, coupled with the projected rise of retinal health related disease in the U.S. population, only reinforces the need to preserve blood vessel health.

Several factors influence retinal health, including blood sugar control, blood pressure levels, poor nutritional habits, cigarette smoking, and inherited genes. All of these factors can lead to blood vessel breakdown in the retina. Additionally, the following are all contributing factors to blood vessel damage:

  • Growth factors
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hormones
  • Apoptosis
  • Inflammation

There are a few retinal health production the market that help support blood vessel health, however most do not have significant science to support their respective formulations. EyeCare Professionals are encouraged to research all nutritional supplements, and in particular look for formulas that:

  • Improve retinal metabolism, structure, and function
  • Are science-based and supported
  • Have been tested in animals and humans
  • Have results that are published in a formal study

RETINAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Ongoing scientific research suggests that there are specific nutrients that have been shown to affect contributing factors relating to blood vessel damage in the eye, including:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid – potent mitochondrial antioxidant that targets harmful proteins
  • Grapeseed Extract & Resveratrol – reduces oxidative stress, endothelial dysfunction and apoptosis
  • CoQ10 – improves endothelial cell function and may help with lipid peroxidation
  • Vitamin D – low serum Vitamin D is associated with a host of physiologic challenges
  • Vitamins C & E – along with tocotrienols help reduce oxidative stress and improve endothelial function
  • Green Tea Leaf – aids in the reduction of vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF)
  • Benfotiamine – helps support the biochemical pathways associated with vascular health
  • Pycnogenol® – helps improve retinal capillary integrity and retinal blood flow
  • Curcumin – demonstrates the ability to improve the status of angiogenic signaling proteins
  • Fish Oil (DHA & EPA) – improves cell membrane integrity and vascular permeability
  • Zeaxanthin – reduces oxidative stress and helps protect visual cells (cone protection)
  • Lutein – reduces oxidative stress and helps protect visual cells (rod protection)
  • Zinc – may help with lipid peroxidation

RETINAL HEALTH AND MPOD

Does retinal health affect Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD)? MPOD is typically lower in patients suffering from retinal health issues, and declines as average blood sugar (hemoglobin A-1-c) goes up. Many of these patients also coincidentally affected by Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). While retinal health issues do not cause AMD, the two share several risk factors.

One human study showed that supplementation with Zeaxanthin and Lutein increased MPOD and improved visual acuity, contrast, and foveal thickness. Zeaxanthin and Lutein are powerful antioxidants that may help with:

  • Contributors to unhealthy ocular conditions
  • Oxidative stress
  • Associated results

PROMOTE RETINAL HEALTH

While maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most important recommendations for supporting retinal health, EyePromise DVS, our retinal health formula, is designed to support healthy blood vessels – essential in preserving health vision – through a unique combination of ingredients with documented affects for eye health.

EyePromise DVS offers the most comprehensive, science-based retinal health formula designed to:

  • Support retinal metabolism, structure, and function
  • Promote blood vessel health
  • Combat oxidative stress
  • Increase Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD)